Utica National Insurance Group promoted Sean P. McGovern to claims manager at its Eastern Regional Office in the Amherst district claims office. McGovern joined the company in 1987 and, most recently, served as district claims manager at the Amherst office. He earned a bachelor's degree from Brockport State College and holds the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter and Associate in Claims professional designations.


The American Red Cross Serving Erie & Niagara Counties recently hosted its annual "In Celebration of Giving" reception recognizing the following donors and volunteers for their gifts of time, talent and financial support throughout the year: Travers Collins and Co., Ruth C. Roberts Award, for donating creative services since 2006 to support the BASH fundraiser; Michael Osika, Clara Barton Award, for his work in fundraising and with the development team on the annual board campaign; and John Yurtchuk, BASH Chairman's Award, for his leadership and support of the BASH fundraiser and of the Red Cross year-round.

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Cool Gel 'n Cap, a first-aid hat for toddlers and young children, earned a 2012 Top Choice of the Year Award from Creative Child magazine in the parenting aids category. Founded by Elma resident Timothy Panicali, Cool Gel 'n Cap is a plush hat for toddlers and young children that holds a nontoxic cool compress or heated gel pack in place for relief of bumps, bruises, earaches, headaches and other minor medical conditions.


YNN, Time Warner Cable's 24-hour news channel serving markets across upstate New York, introduced an enhanced website with expanded content.


Alcott HR in Farmingdale and Williamsville, a professional employer organization, was named the PEO (Professional Employer Organization) for the West Buffalo Charter School in Buffalo. Alcott HR will provide the newly formed charter school employee-related services, including payroll administration, employee benefits design and administration, tax administration and regulatory compliance services.


Title: Ceramic honeycomb structure skin coating

No.: 8,263,512

Inventors: Fernando, Joseph A. (Amherst); Miller, Kenneth B. (Lockport)

Assignee: Unifrax I (Niagara Falls)

Date issued: Sept. 11, 2012